|Each class got to perform a special song on the stage for the "moving on" ceremony.|
|Leah with Ms. Liane and Ms. Robin (the teacher's aide).|
Summer is usually a difficult time for Leah. She really needs the structure and routine of school, which is something that is hard for Mommy to keep up for her. It was especially hard this summer, having a toddling little sister and a very pregnant mommy to try to coordinate along with our special girl! However, we managed to go and do something fun out of the house everyday, whether that was a trip to the zoo, the mall, the botanical garden, the museum, the downtown splash park, our neighborhood park, or our backyard. Daddy was especially helpful this summer. He made sure to be available to go with us whenever we left the house. And our Leah girl had the best summer she's had in years. We did not have nearly as many meltdowns as we normally do. We even went some days without a single tantrum!
|Enjoying the summer sun in our backyard|
Leah also had her annual check up in Iowa with both of her ophthalmologists. As I was almost 38 weeks pregnant, only Stephen and Leah went to these appointments. They had a special trip planned, flying together to Iowa, staying in a fun hotel with a big pool slide, going to her appointments, and flying back home to Mommy and Rebekah (or so they thought...). The trip started off as planned. They drove to D.C. (a three hour drive) to have a better chance of getting on a flight as stand by passengers and flew to Chicago, where they rented a car and drove the rest of the way to Iowa (about a 4 hour drive). Leah is usually a great traveler, but she is so unpredictable and when she gets set off, its very difficult to calm her down. So, we decided to limit the amount of time on a plane. One of the hard things with having an almost nonverbal child is that we have to guess why she is upset, which can be hard to do. And being on a plane with nowhere to take a 5 year old who is having a tantrum can be stressful, to say the least. So, Stephen explained to the flight attendants about Leah, gave her tons of snacks to keep her occupied, and prayed for the best. And our girl did great!
|Ready for take off!|
|Taking the visual acuity exam|
They made some time for fun, while on their trip. And after a somewhat traumatic appointment (getting a skin biopsy is no fun!), Stephen and Leah tried their hardest to get home before Micah was born. Click here for that story!
|Special dinner at a fancy restaurant in Washington, D.C.|
|Leah loved the big water slide at the hotel pool!|
|Waiting for the bus!|
|Ready for a new school year!|